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Over 100 local youth participated in a learning weekend organized on the Queen Mary’s Mile End campus run by the Health Pioneers charity.
Founded during the lockdown and run entirely by volunteers, the association aims to tackle inequalities in health and education in London. This is achieved by empowering young people to become pioneers in improving health in their community.
Armed with knowledge, participants will learn to share their new skills with family, friends and communities, whether it’s running a poster campaign at school or talking to local people in a community setting. .
Alongside the project, the association is also working to support young people who might consider a career in health. The objective is to create a workforce from the community for the community.
Organizer Dr Raoul Li-Everington said: “We hope this project will be a launching pad for hundreds of young people in East London to improve their own health and that of their communities. Giving young people knowledge about health and leadership will ultimately reduce inequalities. “